Buffalo Common Council approves ‘nuisance party ban’

University Heights residents can be fined or jailed for throwing parties

The Buffalo Common Council approved a “nuisance party ban” on Tuesday to put “a damper on college parties” in the University Heights, according to The Buffalo News.

A person holding a gathering that results in unreasonable noise and unlawful activities can be fine up to $1,500 or 15 days in jail or both for violating this ban.

University Heights residents have complained to The Spectrum for years regarding house parties in the area. UB students have expressed their frustration, saying the university and police are most concerned about house parties and feel there is a lack of involvement in crime against students, such as theft and being held at gunpoint.

The first weekend of the fall semester, the university was supposed to reduce the number of Stampede buses going to South Campus so that fewer students would roam the neighborhood at night. The buses still came roughly every five minutes.

North District Councilman Joseph Golombek Jr. introduced ride-booking services similar to taxi services, but they cannot be offered until the state Legislature approves.

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